Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
I know how to treat my face to get a great shave (hydrate plus to the max). But is there any particular way I should treat my razor to get the best performance from it?
There are steps you can take before, during and after the shave to ensure the best performance.
Before the shave, find a blade that works well for you and your face -- not all are created equal. Hold the razor head under hot water, shake off the excess drops and begin. (Rinsing with hot water removes any residue from your last shave -- plus it feels unpleasant to put a cold razor head against your warm face.)
During the shave, rinse the razor frequently -- usually after a couple of strokes. If a razor is full of lather, it will pull and tug at the hair (which leads to ingrown hairs, razor bumps and the like) instead of cutting it.
After the shave, replace the blade as soon as you feel it getting dull
(usually anywhere from three to six shaves). I’ve noticed that some guys will
just bear down harder when the cartridge gets dull, squeezing out a few more
shaves -- but more pressure causes cuts and ingrown hairs.